How to Make a Paper Bucket


Knowing how to make a bucket out of a common material like paper is a handy skill when camping, hiking, picnicking or cleaning. Making a paper bucket can also be an interesting party trick. The only things needed to make a paper bucket is a large piece of paper and a few minutes to fold it into shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Large piece of paper (12 by 12 inches or larger)
  • Make your paper square, if it isn't already. Tear it into shape with your hands. It doesn't matter if the paper isn't perfect. It just needs to be more square than rectangle to get the folds right.

  • Place the paper on the ground or on a table so that it is in the shape of a diamond. The top corner should point up and, conversely, the bottom corner should point down.

  • Fold the bottom point to meet the top point of the diamond. The paper is now folded in half. Crease the fold. This forms a triangle made of two flaps.

  • Fold the right corner so it touches the left edge of the triangle.

  • Flip over the paper. Fold the right corner until the point touches the left edge of the paper.

  • Fold down the top flaps over each side.

  • Pick up the paper bucket. Insert a hand or finger between the top folds to open. Fill with water. Place one hand under the bucket to provide support. The bottom should flatten and stabilize when the bucket is set on the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using newspaper to make the paper bucket, layer several sheets of paper for a stronger bucket.
  • Do not use for hot items.

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